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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-12-2007, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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New Puppy owner - got through week 1 :)

I KNEW this was going to be a challenge...but having never had a dog in my life, this is quite the experience!!! I have been reading, reading, reading and want to thank everyone for all the good stuff you are posting on this forum.

Of course I am also getting more confused by the second, since everyone seems to have their own ways of doing things, but I think we are starting to work out a plan that works for us and I am finally getting a few hours of sleep....

This must be funny to the experienced dog owner, but the first night I didn't sleep a wink until 3am because every time he turned in his little crate I was thinking "does he need to go potty or is he just moving???" - I finally put him in his expen in the kitchen and lay down next to him on the HARD hardwood floor and crashed until 5am...).

I love him to bits and pieces and am sooooo glad that we are doing this in August while the kids are still home from school. Since they are 12 and 14 they can help with the "babysitting".

A friend of mine had puppies the same day as Marley was born, and she is keeping one of her pups. We will most likely start puppy class together in a couple of weeks. Her pup is a "little" bigger than Marley - a whooping 28lbs vs. Marley's 4lbs!! She is a Leonberger, though!!

That trainer also does house calls and I will try to have her come over to my house to help me set up a better plan for the crating/house training etc. for now, since I feel like I need a more consistent plan to follow.

Here is another picture of the little charmer...
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-12-2007, 08:20 PM
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Great photo!! He is adorable.

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Welcome to the forum! What a beautiful puppy! I can totally relate to you on the first night. I think I slept less than Brady did. He is my first dog as a grown up (I had some dogs growing up). They are so much fun and it won't take long before you won't be able to remember what it was like without him.

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Alexa--welcome to the thread. Marley is very cute.
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Hi Alexa,

Marley is soooo cute!

Just hang in there - it does get easier. A really nice lady down the street brought me down a bell and told me to hang it on my door that Sissy would be going out - and to take her out once an hour (for a while) and everytime I took her out to take her little paw and ring the bell. Ohhhh Sissy loved it.
She was ringing her bell herself within 3 days - potty trained..... She is
2 years 8 months and still rings her bell when she wants to go outside.
We love it.

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post #6 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-12-2007, 10:18 PM
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Welcome Alexa! Marley is a doll! It does get better!!!
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What a cutie pie Marley is. You're going to have so much fun watching your puppy grow. They are pure love and total devotion. Have fun as the journey begins.

This is my first havanese, though I've had dogs most of my adult life. They are so smart and soooo sweet. Welcome to this wonderful group.

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What a wonderful little fellow you have there. My Katie sleep's right next to me on my bed. I tried to put her in the spare bedroom the first night she was here and never slept a wink that night. From then on she was free to pick her own spot. I have doggie steps up to the bed so she is up and down as she then all the time. And a 24/7 doggy door helps with the late night potty runs. However she always comes back to bed and gives me a kiss on my cheek to say I'm back Momma.

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Marley sure is a cutie! Love that adorable face! I just got through week 2 with Kubrick so I know what you mean with the reading thing! There is plenty of advice (even contradicting ones) on this forum, so it'll be really easy to choose the ones that work out best with Marley... every dog - and person - is different after all, so we all pick and choose as we must.

Good luck and keep us updated on how everything goes!
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post #10 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 05:51 AM
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Welcome Alexa & Marley...

I went through the same was like having a gets much better I promise. Hang in there!!

He's beautiful!


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